To say I am a creature of habit would, at least when it comes to places of residence, be an understatement. My wife and I moved into our current apartment almost 18-years ago. Prior to that I had lived in another unit in this building for 18-years. To further illustrate my home-body trait, the buildingContinue reading “Small World; Small Bookshop”
This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: the Devil is in the Details gives me an opportunity to defend my tight writing style. So let me come at the theme from a different angle. It’s a matter of degrees, in fact about 180°. I’m not a big fan of lengthy, flowery, detail-laden writing; I’m economical with words –Continue reading “Weekly Writing Challenge: Hope I’m not paid by the word”
I know all the letters, and many – but certainly not all – of the words, and I even have a layman’s knowledge of many of the numbers. So, as the walrus said to the carpenter, the time has come, to satisfy those who have told me over the years: “You should write.” As forContinue reading “A blind man running won’t notice”
Definition of LIKE transitive verb 1chiefly dialect: to be suitable or agreeable to <I like onions but they don’t like me> 2a: to feel attraction toward or take pleasure in :enjoy <likes baseball> b: to feel toward :regard <how would you like a change> 3: to wish to have :want <would like a drink> 4:Continue reading “Can you please stop saying “like”?”
Maeve Binchy has passed away at the too young age of 72. For those looking for a nice easy read and a little escapism as opposed to snooty literature Binchy could not be outdone. It has been said that she only wrote one book and then issued variations on it, but it mustContinue reading “Maeve Binchy obituary”
In an interview with Andres Oppenheimer Mario Vargas Llosa laments the change in culture to what he calls “show culture” which I think is akin to the concept of dumbing-down. Mario Vargas Llosa says in a new book that we are living in a “culture of entertainment” in which everything — including literature, journalism, politicsContinue reading “Cultural thoughts from Mario Vargas Llosa”
I believe it was Federico Fellini who once said that anyone who has found his or herself feeling under the weather one sure help is to sit down with a Georges Simenon novel. Well today I’ve a bit of a dicky stomach so I’m not going to stray too far from home and will takeContinue reading “Georges Simenon”
Got to admit I downloaded this one because it was free. Certainly well know as a classic, but it seems I have been bitten (smitten?) and am finding it to be a lovely read. No doubt the translation plays a key role: well translated Leo Tolstoy is a fine combination!
Fun book with a mystery involving the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Interesting and humorous look at cultural sniping between Brazilians and Argentinians.
A great example of Swedish moody mystery writing. Much better than the popular Millennium Trilogy primarily for its economy of words – very much like Georges Simenon.